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Couts (pronounced K-outz) and Allied
Family genealogy. It can only be written
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UNCLE JOHN X6 AND 6X GREAT GRAND DAD?
Abstract Surveys of the Shenandoah River
John Couts, 80 acres, branch of Shenandoah River.
Adjoining Teeters. January 20, 1771. Jacob Herman,
70 acres, branch of Shenandoah River. Adjoining
Couts. January 2, 1771. Christian Teeter,
[Christian Teeter Couts?] 85 acres, branch
of Shenandoah River Jan 20, 1771
CATTLE RANCHING, CATTLE
BRANDS, AND RANCHO GUAJOME, (excerpts),
Submitted by: Lynn and Barbara Wilson
and Tom and Dorrine Couts
By Rancho Guajome and other County
Parks Staff, from the office of: Alex A.
Martinis, Director Dept. of Parks and
Recreation in San Diego, Ca; cattle
brand impressions were donated by
Gregory J. Smith,Assessor/Recorder/
County Clerk; ...The Rancho Period
Cc ( Cave Couts's Brand CC shaped
like horseshoes one large one small)
During the Rancho period,
circa 1825 to 1860, thousands of cattle
roamed freely over the hills and valleys
of San Diego County. Cattle provided
some meat and leather for local use, but
more importantly made possible a steady
supply of hides and tallow (fat). These
were the currency used in lieu of cash to
trade with merchants on ships along the
coast. In this way rancheros were able
to purchase household necessities and
luxuries that were unobtainable in the
pueblos, or Indian settlements.... On
July 19, 1845, Governor Pio Pico
granted Rancho Guajome to Luisenao
brothers Andres and Jose Manuel, former
neophytes at Mission San Luis Rey.
Soon after, the brothers sold the 2,219.4
acres (one-league) rancho to Abel Stearns.
Stearns was a wealthy Los Angeles rancher
and merchant who during the 1830's established
San Pedro the principal clearinghouse in
Southern California for the hide and tallow
trade. In 1851, Stearns gave Rancho Guajome
to his sister-in-law Ysidora Bandini as a
wedding present. Ysidora was the daughter
of Juan Bandini, a distinguished social and
political leader of San Diego. She had lived
with Stearns' family and run their household
for several years. Within two years, Cave
Couts, Ysidora's husband, began construction
of their residence at the ranch. Cave and
Ysidora resided in Old Town after their marriage
in 1851 until they moved to Guajome in 1853.
Couts was a graduate of West Point
Academy, Class of 1843, and a shrewd
businessman who would become an important
community leader in San Diego. His investment
in livestock paid him huge profits in his early
years as a ranchero. The cattle boom began
in 1849, spurred on by the Gold Rush and the
forty-niners enormous demand for beef. As a
result of this demand, raising cattle became the
principal activity at Rancho Guajome and the
other ranchos throughout the state.... The Rancho
Guajome brand was registered to Ysidora Couts
on February, 1854. Like all rancheros, Cave
Couts had to contend with a number of threats
to the Guajome herd. In his business journal he
recounted a number of calves and cows that
periodically died for reasons that were not explained.
Other deaths were explained. For example, as noted
on Monday, April 14, 1856, Couts had to cope with
cattle rustlers: "Found killed - Stolen - 2 Vaquilla
[small cow]." There were also naturally hazards.
For example, on Monday, June 18, 1855, he wrote,
"Died - Vaca [cow] - Disease of head." One Saturday,
March 3, 1855, his entry red, "Died - Novillo [small bull]
- Bite of Snake." An entry made Saturday, October 18,
1856, recorded another loss, "Bear Killed Cow of Soto
in Canada [small canyon] de los Alisoy"...
The boom continued for seven years before
several factors caused its demise...imports of sheep
and eastern cattle, brought down the market; a two-
year drought; the flood of 1862, and after 1872,
rancheros were required to fence their herds.
Couts met the financial setbacks of these
years by selling a portion of his San Diego property.
He avoided a complete financial catastrophe during
the lean years by turning to agriculture. though his
cattle and horses he added 2,000 head of sheep.
He supplemented these industries with orange groves
and vineyards. Diversification of his various industries
enabled Couts to recover his losses of earlier years
and acquire vast acreage in the County; cattle ranching
was no longer the primary activity at Rancho Guajome.
In his last years Cave Couts suffered the discomfort of
an aneurysm of the aorta. A final attack caused his
death on June 10, 1874, at 53 years of age.
Capt. Barnet's Precinct.
Name Tithes Horses Cattle Slaves Slave Names
Fleener, Adam 1 3 4
Fleener, Jacob 1 3 7
Fleener, Nicholas 1 8 ?
Colonel Aaron Lewis' Precinct [Parts of this list
were very faded and thus difficult to decipher.]
Crabtree, (torn) ? 4 ?
Byrd, (torn) ? 1 ?
Byrd, James ? 2 ?
The 1786 Franklin County, Virginia Personal
Property Tax List by Jeffrey C. Weaver,
July 26, 1998
Name No. Tithes WhitesOver 21Whites 16-21SlavesOver 16Slaves Under16Horses Cattle
Choat, Edward, Sr. 2 1 0 1 0 4 7
Choat, Edward, Jr. 1 1 0 0 0 2 5
Choat, Edward, Sr. 2 1 0 1 0 4 7
Choat, Edward, Jr. 1 1 0 0 0 2 5
Byrd, Francis, Jun. 1 -
Barton, David 1 1 0 0 1 8 17
Bird, James 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
Bird, Samuel 1 1 0 0 0 2 8
Wright, George 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
Wright, William, Sr. 1 1 0 0 0 2 0
Wright, John 1 1 0 0 0 2 2
Wright, James 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
Wright, William, Jr. 2 1 0 1 2 2 2
Subject: make that Barton's Creek
By private mail from a list person, I've
discovered that John Brown was deeded
640 acres on Barton's Creek (not Barlow
as the Kentucky record indicated) in Davidson
County, TN, in 1797. At the time, John lived
in Garrard County, KY. However, the deed
gives his location as Madison Co., VA. (Kentucky
became a state in 1792, but was part of Virginia
at the end of the Revolutionary War.) Does
anyone know where Barton's Creek is located?
This would have been back in 1804 and earlier.
From: Dock1952@aol.com Old-To:
Subject: Barton's Creek In 1792,
Barton's Creek was in Davidson Co. According
to Morris' Tennessee Gazeteer 1834, Barton's
Creek was "a south branch of the Cumberland,
in Dickson and Montgomery counties on which
are several iron works and forges." Debie Cox
Subject: Rebecca Askew Barbara -Thanks so
much for contacting me. I visited your site and
was thrilled to see the ASKEW names in your
newsletters!The ASKEW's are my wife's ancestors;
she descends from Rebecca [ASKEW] COUTS'
brother, William E. ASKEW. I know very little
about Rebecca, other than what I have found on
the census. She and her twin sister, Paulina W.
ASKEW, were b. 13 (or 15) May 1852 in Butler
Co., KY (Paulina d. in Johnson Co., MO, in 1875).
Rebecca md. Joseph M. COUTS, 27 Mar 1870 in
Johnson Co., MO. Their child, Joseph E. COUTS
(1878-1888) is buried beside Rebecca's father in
Montague Co., TX. In Misouri, the ASKEW's
owned land between Post Oak and Chilhowee on
both sides of the Johnson-Henry county line.
Missouri land entries show that their neighbors in
Henry County included William and Thomas H.
COATS (sic?). If always suspected that they were
COUTS's, but I was not certain. I have not found
any other COUTS reference while researching the
ASKEW's there. As I mentioned, I have lots of ASKEW
data to share. I would love to compare notes.
Thanks again Bobby
From: "scouts" firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Couts Genealogy
My name is Shelli Couts and am interested in talking
to other Couts' family members. My own immediate
family is of average size but we really do not know a
lot about our ancestry. If I can provide you with any
information I would be glad to do so. If you can offer
any assistance in my search, it would be greatly
appreciated. It's nice to know that there others out there.
From: Cloudhoper@aol.com Subject: Kautz/Couts
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 1999
Barb, Nothing new on Christian Kautz and family.
I have entered some queries on various Internet
genealogy sites, trying to find the whereabouts of
the Kautzes and the Christoph Kießling family, after
they all disembarked from the ship Neptune in Oct.,
1752, but have not received one positive answer.
It appears to us now, though, that probably Christoph
and his two young sons, Teter and John, went to
Virginia as early as 1754 and that Christoph married
a second time in 1757, to Christine Lingle. No record
though. We assume his wife, Gertrude (nee Kautz),
and his daughter, Eva Elizabeth, born 1751, died
before 1754, maybe on board the ship Neptune.
One Kesling descendant cousin claims to have
done much research in previous years in Berks Co.
and Lancaster Co., PA, and says she did not find
Christoph in either of those counties after 1752. That's
possible because in order for there to be a record,
Christoph would have had to do something to make
a record - buy or sell land, have a criminal record,
be listed in a church record, get married, pay a tax,
etc. I'd also assume the elder Kautzes, Christian and
his wife, died soon after reaching America. Christian
was in his early sixties in 1752. Earl F. Kisling
From: Mary Nell Franks email@example.com
Subject: [Fwd: Re: Dykes, Choate, Lankford, Brown]
Hi, Just thinking about the Choats some and thought
that I might think a little on your info on Richard Choate.
Do you think that he is probably the brother of Thomas
who married Elizabeth Ann "Ann" Keith? This is my
line to the best of our research efforts.... at this point.
I live about 75 mi. from Warren Co., Tn. and have
friends - Woods, Drivers, and Clancys that live
there.. I'll be looking forward to hearing back from
you. Mary Nell Subject: Choate's Times and Places
Hope this might be of some help concerning the
Choate's. If anyone is interested I have an attempt
at doing a genealogy for Christopher and Prudence
Choate. All help is appreciated. Mary Nell
Subject: Re: Dykes, Choate, Lankford,
BrownTo Barb And All: Thanks for the
post Barb I am on the Warren County list
because of my poor illegitimate great
grandfather in Hugh Lawson White Hill,
b. 1840 Warren Co TN, ran away to
Lawrence Co at age 14. Probably son
of Congressman of same name who married
child bride of prominent military family three
months after mine was born. Re my poor
Powhatan Choate, b. 1807, Robertson Co TN
(and thanks to Mary Lou I have quite an
interesting picture of him that certainly looks
like the definition of a Melungeon) -- me with
the gedcom that says his father is Edward, his
grand father is Gabriel, and read grandfather is
Valentine. Neither Edward or Gabriel pans out
datewise as even the father of Powhatan b.1807
and the youngest of about ten kids. Anyway, the
Robertson Co TN 1820 census is on line
(through www.census-online.com) and there are
Gabriels, Valentines, and Edwards there. As soon
as I get a chance I am going to look at their
households and see which one has a son age 13
or so who should be the youngest. Maybe that
will help. DO ANY OF YOU HAVE ANY
CHOAT WILLS FOR VALENTINE, EDWARD
OR GABRIEL. I have gone through Giles Co
Records here looking for Valentine will or probate
info. and in Robertson for Edward and Gabriel,
but can't find anything. Happy New Year, etc.
Janet Hunter From: IBC20006DC@aol.com
COURT ORDER BOOK A - CAMPBELL CO, KY
Thank you researchers!
Page 185, Volume 10, No.4, April, 1975, "KY
Ancestors" October 9, 1797 at the Court house
in Newport A deed from Bartlett Bennet and Wife
to John Koouts was proved by the Oaths of George
Eve and Cave Johnson two of the Witnesses thereto
and ordered to be certified.
THE WILL OF JOHN COUTS OF INDIANA
July 6, 1826 Collins curator of John Couts's heirs:
Show all men by those present that I Thomas
Collins as principal and we Richard Collins and
William Collins as security all of the County of
Lafayette in the State of Missouri for the use and
benefit of the heirs of John Couts late of the State
of Indiana deceased in the sum of one hundred
dollars for the payment of which will and truly to
be made we ? ourselves our heirs and jointly and
sorerally firmly by these present dealed with our
seals and dated this 6 th day of July 1826.
The condition of this bond is such that whereas
the said Thomas Collins has this day been appointed
by the Lafayette County Court Curratoer of the estate
of the heirs of John Couts late of the State of Indiana
deceased. Now if this said Thomas Collins shall
faithfully discharge all the duties of Curator of said
heirs according to law then this bond shall be vice
otherwise to remain in full force.
Attest-Thomas Collins seal William X Collins seal his mark
L. Eddy Richard X Collins seal mark
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A LETTER FROM JAMES ARMSTRONG
Feb. 24, 1999
Dear Mrs. Evans,
Greetings from Tennessee. In the 1780's, Morton
Mauldin walked and notched trees to mark his
intended "preemption claim" to be granted by the
North Carolina assembly. By anchoring one corner
of his claim across the Sulphur Fork Creek he
asserted his right to a small tract of land separated
from the main tract. This land was fertile, especially
the ten acre creek bottom. Now where was there a
finer stand of straight poplar trees, very essential in
the construction of a log home.
A sweet water spring located on the steep bluff
overlooking Sulphur Fork Creek, could only be
reached by threading down a sixty degree inclined
path located between large protruding rocks. Even
with difficulty, household water was very important
for the early pioneers and claims with a good water
source were very valuable.
When the surveyor finally made the survey and drew
the plot, the tract was in the shape of a triangle. The
walk off for the claim of 640 acres was short by 15 acres.
Not bad for a man with an axe, attempting to walk in
a straight line through heavy underbrush.
After 1800, land hungry pioneers poured into Middle
Tennessee and purchased land at an alarming rate. In
1803, Mr. John [Couts] sold the sixty acres to Mr.
Euphrondius Benton with the promise that he would
lend his slaves to help build a cabin.
They built a two-room cabin that stood until 1930.
In 1825, another room was added and a dogtrot tied
the cabin together with an outstanding feature, a long
front porch. A tall chimney stood on the north end
having been constructed from an abundance of
limestone rock found in the area. When the
foundation was removed, a root cellar was revealed.
In 1908, my father came to this country
and a family by the name of Webster owned the
sixty acres and often invited him to Sunday lunch.
He never said but I think there were several
single Webster girls in the family.
During the months Mr. Benton owned
the property he cleared very little of the land.
Records and deeds do not state why he became
dissatisfied and sold the farm back to Mr. John.
Observers and wags in later years said his wife
complained about having to carry water up the
steep bluff. It's a fact, the bluff is a steep one
hundred and fifty-foot incline overlooking Sulphur
In addition to the gushing spring, the
bluff offered dens and homes for a great
number of red foxes. In the earlier years
it was called or known as "Foxes Bluff".
Mr. Webster once stated "the foxes ate
more chicken than he did."
In the 1960's and 1970's, there
was a change in the animal population in
Tennessee. Coyotes migrated from the western part of the
United States and took over "Foxes Bluff".
Since their coming the numbers
have increased and on any given night
their bark and howl may be heard. They
are a very sly animal but occasionally I
see one. The site is over populated with
deer and now coyote.
After Mr. Benton moved, Mary
Couts and James Appleton moved into
the house and around 1815, they decided
to try their luck in Lawrence County, Tennessee.
This information is included in their package.
Sincerely, James S. Armstrong
TREASURES OF THE FAMILY -
Submitted by V.F. Williams,
This is a history of the Pearson family as was
written by my Uncle William Henry Pearson
and give to my cousin Mattie Bess-
Vivian Francis Williams.
page2 868 colts Other stoc in proportion. I will
now say something to you of some of my trials sometimes
soon after Christmas I moved to Williams after being asked
so to do after fixing them off for housekeeping,
mad them a set of chairs, a spinning wheel a table
candle stand and after doing all this I moved these
and his wifes brother was taken with a kind of
derangement. They in a few days moved one of
their beds and in a day or two the other one and
all the one They had, leaving me and mine as good
as to say I thought now shift for yourself and besides
all this I had bought a cow and young calf. and I
took thare. They also moved hir to hir mothers
done all this without saying one word to me about
it, and I took an insult at this and left. I was thare
on my property was two weaks and I moved back
to your uncle A. Roses. I have had other trials since
I have been without a home of my own let this surfice.
I thank God that I am still able to suport mysel I have
that cow and calf at your uncle A Roses. she cost me
35 dollars. 35 dollars. I still have one at Wm. She
cost me 7 dollars. I told him to pay me the 7.00 and
keep hir. he hant done it yet and I don't no that he
will, so I will quit for the presant hoping these line
may come safe to hand and find you well and doing
well, you wrote in your letter that Henry was still in
bad health which I was sorry to hear. And that he
had again sold out and was talking of mooving to
Lafayette Co. I can't get letters from him and I want
you to write and le \t me now about him so nomore
at present, fairwell from Nathaniel Pearson to John B.
Pearson.P.S. Wright soon and do not fail.
Letter 6 page I 1870 Warren Co. Kentucky Dec. 18 - 1870
This Sabbath morning I take my pen in hand to write
you a few lines. They leave me quite lonely with
headache and lameness so that I can scarcely git
about in my right foot and ancle. I cant tell what is
the cause it may be rheumatism it commenced hurting
me yesterday I will now say to you that Wm and
family are all well or was a few days ago. I was thare
The connectins here are all well as fare as I know at
this time William has moved on his own place That
is his wifes 43 acres Moved a few days ago he is
settled I recon for a lifetime I am still at your Uncle
A Roses by myself. They are gone visiting today
I am quite lonesome I wish I was with you and Mary
today. I am sorry that I had not come with John Rose
and Ben Pearson when they come and if I live and have
another sutch a chance I think I shall come. I may
come sometime in March if I am able to travel as my
money will be due the first of March I received your
letter yesterday baring date December the 11 which
was east Sunday was glad to hear from you I had
been anxiously watching the office for some time. I
want you to be sure to write every opportunity if you
get any news form Henry I want you to write and let
me know if you have his post office give it in you next
letter so I shall begin to draw toward a close hoping
these lines may come safe to hand and find you and
yours in good health and prosperity together with all
my friends and relations thare - hoping if we never
more see each others faces in time We may all meet i
n heaven whare the parting of friends will be nomore
forever. So I add nomore at present fairwell from
Nathaniel Pearson To John B. and Mary M. Pearson
I will say for your comfort that John Rose and Ben
Pearson have got well of the hert they got on thar
way home from thare. Ben was hert right bad in his
foot and uncle John wont so bad hurt as Ben so
nomore. N. Pearson
The Washington County Surveyors Record 1781-1797
© by Rhonda Robertson, 1998;
presented by permission. Many Thanks!
Where were our relatives, before they landed on their
KY & TN property? Are these ours?
Page 16 - Gasper Fleener...160 ac...Commissioners
Certificate...in the Rich Valley on the waters of Trimbles
Creek, branch of the north fork of Holston River...
Beginning on the east side of a branch...to a steep spur
of Walkers Mountain and along the foot of the same...
May 4, 1782 - Gasper Fleenor...250 ac in the Rich
Valley, on a branch of Trimbles Creek, includes his
improvements by actual settlement made in 1774...
August 17, 1781
Page 17 - Jacob Fleener...400 ac...Commissioners
Certificate...on the head springs of a branch of Beaver
Creek, waters of Holston River...Beginning corner to
Nicholas Fleenors land...February 10, 1783 - Jacob
Fleener, assignee of Henry Grymes, assignee of James
Darherty...400 ac...at the head of Meadow Creek
joining Beaver Creek waters, includes his improvements
by actual settlement made in 1775...Aug 21, 1781
Page 20 - Nicholas Fleenor, assignee of James
Dorchester, assignee of James Edward Morgan.
..200 ac on the head spring of Meadow Creek,
includes his improvement, actual settlement made
in 1774..Aug 16,1781
Page 30 - John Simmons...400 ac...on the south
side of the north fork of Holston River...Commissioners
Certificate...Beginning corner to Richard Fields &
Moses Buckles...line of the heirs of William Fouler,
decd...leaving Fowlers line and with Richard Butchers
line...May 4, 1783 - John Simmons, assignee of John
Crabtree...400 ac...in the Rich Valley on both sides
of the north fork and by Fields path, includes his
improvements, actual settlement made in 1774...
August 27, 1781
Page 110 - William Tate...200 ac...on both sides
of the north fork of Holstein...Certificate granted
to Thomas Byrd and assigned to William Tate...
Beginning on the bank of the River corner to Mer.
Postons old tract...corner to Mer. Vances land...
line of Tates adjacent survey...crossing the river
on the river bank corner to Col. Campbells
survey...June 3, 1783 - Thomas Byrd...200 ac
on the north fork of Holstein River on both sides...
104 ac surveyed for Abraham Crabtree on May
31, 1774, actual settlement made in 1777...
August 28, 1781 - Assigned to William Tate
by purchase on October 13, 1783...Signed:
Thomas Byrd. Witness: Aaron Lewis
Page 202 - Joseph Jonston, assignee of John
Hankins...120 ac...Preemption Warrant...on both
sides of Indian Creek, north branch of the upper
north fork of Clinch River...Beginning on the
west side of Cants Ridge...April 25, 1783
Page 215 - Isaac Crisman...400 ac...Commissioners
Certificate...in Powells Valley and on the north side
of Wallins Ridge...Beginning on the south side
of the creek...by a path...February 18, 1783 -
Isaac Crisman, heir of Isaac Crisman, decd...
400 ac...by settlement made in 1775...in Powells
Valley known by the name of Rock Spring Station,
includes improvements...August 14, 1781
Page 255 - Adam Fleenor...145 ac...
Treasury Warrant, assigned to Fleenor
by John Lathim...on a branch of Beaver
Creek, branch of Holstein River...Beginning
line of John Teeters land...November 14, 1784
Page 255 - John Minton, assignee of Andrew
Davison...290 ac...Commissioners Certificate...
on both sides of the North Fork of Holstein River...
Beginning at the foot of the River hills on the south
side of the river a little below the Shallow Ford...
January 4, 1783 - Assigned to John Minton on
January 4, 1782 - Andrew Davison, assignee
of Isaac Newland, assignee of James McNew
...400 ac...on both sides of the North Fork of
Holstein River, includes improvements, actual
settlement made in 1774...September 1, 1782
Page 298 - Isaac Anderson - 17 ac - treasury
warrant - on the south side of the Middle Fork
of Holstein river between Jacob Anderson and
Isaac Roman - beginning in a sink hole - corner
Anderson - corner to Isaac Roman -
November 7, 1785
Page 337 - Henry Kounts - 330 ac -
Commissioners Certificate - on the north side
of the Middle Fork of Holstein River - beginning
by a branch on Samuel White's line - lines of the
heirs of General Campbell - near Henry Kounts'
house - by the river on Michael Montgomery's
line - June 10, 1786...Richard Holliett & John
Woolsey, assignee of William McElheney - 400 ac
- on the north side of the Middle Fork of Holstein,
includes improvements, actual settlement made in
1771 - August 1, 1781...Assigned to Richard
Holliott on December 26, 1781. Witness: Ezekiel
Abell & Hugh Jackson. Signed: John Wollsey...
Assigned to Henry Kounts & Thomas Woolsey
on Sept. 23,1786. Witness: James Moore.
Signed: Richard Holliott...Assigned to Henry
Kounts on September 24, 1786. Witness:
James Moore. Signed: Thomas Woolsey
Page 353 - John Anderson - 617 1/2 ac - treasury
warrant #11964 - on both sides of the north fork of
Clinch River above and below the Turkey branch -
beginning on the west bank of the river - on the side
of the knobs - in a gap of the knobs - on the top of a
low ridge corner to Wallins land - April 22, 1786
Page 385 - John Cate? - 175 ac - treasury warrant -
on both sides of Opossom Creek, a north branch
of the north fork of Holston River - corner to Will's
land - corner to Morrison's land - April 8, 1789
Page 386 - John Anderson - 59 ac - treasury
warrant #12701 - on the south side of the north
fork of Holstein River - beginning at the mouth
of a branch on the bank of the river -
September 21, 1788
Page 399 - Francis Byrd & Charles Ison,
assignees of William Treadway - 500 ac -
Commissioners Certificate - tenants in common -
on the north side of Henderson's line on the waters
of the north fork of Holstein River - beginning on
the south side of the Little Mountain - Rhodes
corner - January 20, 1787... William Treadway,
assignee of Joseph Gray, assignee of Lawrence
Smith - 200 ac - joining Col. Henderson's
boundary line, includes improvements, actual
settlement made in 1775 - August 30, 1781
Page 424 - John Fleming - 23,755 ac - treasury
warrant #1184 dated February 13, 1795
crossing the Laurell Fork - on the east side of
Postons Gap - April 21, 1795
Page 435 - John Couts, assignee of Jacob
Hortenstine, assignee of William Fletcher - 150 ac
Commissioners Certificate - on the south side of
the south fork of Holstein River - corner to John
Jones land - corner to Couts little survey -
April 7, 1795...Paulser Rouse & Jacob Hortenstine,
assignees of William Fletcher, assignee of John Jones -
300 ac on the south fork of Holstein, 219 ac surveyed
for John Jones December 28, 1774 - includes
improvements, actual settlement made in 1770 -
August 30,1781...Part of the certificate assigned to
John Couts by Jacob Hortenstine. Witness: William
Edmiston & Robert Dobson. Signed: Robert Preston
Page 439 - John Fleenor - 50 ac - treasury warrant #14349 -
on the waters of Beaver Creek, a
north branch of Holstein River - crossing Fleenor's own
land & Nicholas Fleenor's two surveys -
January 15, 1795
Page 446 - John Anderson - 267 ac -
treasury warrant - on a south branch of
the north fork of Holstein River -
corner to his own land - crossing the
blockhouse road - by a path - survey made
by exchanged warrant #327 dated
June 9, 1786 - December 29, 1795
Page 453 - John Fleenor - 100 ac - Preemption
Warrant #1976 dated December 20, 1781 - on
the north of Jacob Fleenors survey on the south
side of Walkers Mountain on the waters of
Beaver Creek, a south branch of Holstein
River - corner to Jacob's survey and with
Nicholas Fleenor's line May 25, 1796
Page 467 - John Preston, Sr. - 5000 ac -
exclude Jacob Shutters 150 ac, Robert Walker
110 ac, Henry Brock, 50 ac, Elijah Gillenwaters
100 ac, John Thomas 150 ac, John Fleenor 100 ac,
William McMillion, 60 ac = treasury warrant #1296
dated May 28, 1795 - on Walkers Mountain and
the south branches of the north forks of Holstein
River also the waters of Beaver Creek, a north
branch of Holstein River - near the head of Richard
Moor's Mill dam - crossing Mill Creek corner to
James Fulkersons land - in a valley - near the foot
of Walkers Mountain - leaving Fulkersons line -
lines of Nicholas Fleenor - corner to John Fleenor's
land - corner to Henry Grimes - corner to Jacob
Taylor's land - corner of Godlove Havemarter - by
the head of a spring where Hovewaster now lives
and a corner of John Davis' land - corner to Massey
Ervins survey on the north side of Walkers Mountain
in the Rich Valley - corner to Robert Smith - corner
to Nathan Smith's survey - corner to Robert Henderson -
corner to Gasper Fleenor's survey - corner to John
Young - in a gap of Walkers Mountain - October 2, 1795
Page 486 - William Henderson - 40 ac - treasury warrant
#9063 dated November 21, 1781 - on the north side of
Walkers Mountain on the waters of Fleenors Creek, a
south branch of the north fork of Holstein River - line
of John Young's survey - up Walkers Mountain -
August 5, 1796
Page 499 - Nicholas Fleenor - 200 ac- treasury
warrant #20702 dated November 11, 1783 - on
the waters of Abrams Creek and on Walkers Mountain -
corner to his survey of settlement right and on a
spur of Walkers Mountain - near Baileys line -
corner to Richard Moore and Lewis Pittsland -
near McCarmack's sugar hollow - crossing a
branch of Abrams Creek - May 19, 1796
The 1782 Washington County,
Virginia Personal Property Tax List
Transcribed June 1998, Jeffrey C. Weaver,
Please note that this tax list was damaged
prior to being microfilmed, and is in places
difficult to read, and at least part of
Captain Barnet's Precinct is missing.
Subject: Fwd: Choate/Chotes
To: firstname.lastname@example.org CC: email@example.com,
Hi I have just completed a "Timeline" of the Southern-line
of Choates according to some records I've collected.
I did this to trace some related families also-the Hollis
and Bird/Byrd families. I will be glad to email you a
copy if you're interested. I would like to get additions,
et Just let me know. Mary Nell Hollis Franks
Date: Sun, 21 Feb 1999 21:44:05 EST
Subject: Re: Lizzie Fleenor's Line
I have been off-line for over a month
(just moved to a new house). Read your
family history on the Fleenors. The Juila Ann
Fleener that I am interested in was born before
1851. She was the mother of my G. G. Grandfather
John Almon. I have copies of census records and
will showing marriage to a Nathen Almon.
Date: Sun, 21 Feb 1999 21:47:25 EST
Subject: Re: Fleener
Bingo - #3 Issac Fleenor and Moses Fleenor,
#4 child Julie Ann Fleener, America Jane Fleener
married an Almon, as well as another Almon one
generation later. Do you have any further info
on this person?
From: "Nettie Mae" firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: Couts Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999
Hi Barb: I am sending you a family outline
of the Couts I am most interested in. Sarah
Lucille Davis was the sister of my great-grandmother,
Lenna. Their parents were Thomas and Mahala
Davis. I am hoping that by gathering info on the
children of Thomas and Mahala, I can find
SOMETHING that will lead me to their parents.
I have quite a few pictures at my web site that
have Couts in them. (If you go to the site listed
below and click on the Foyer, I believe the
pictures are in the 2 or 3rd generation) I may
also have more info on the McCoy that married
Pearl Couts. Thank you for your interest. I
would love to exchange info. If you would
like to exchange gedcoms, let me know.
Nettie Mae email@example.com
Come visit the Hoadley Connection
Surnames: HOADLEY, DAVIS, LEIGH,
HUMPHREY, COOK, GREEN, ROBINSON,
WILSON, CLAYTON, BOESEN, NAZA
From: "Nancy Sorrells" firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: [VAAUGUST-L] Brock's Gap
Brock's Gap is in the northwest portion of Rockingham County
(originally Augusta County before Rockingham
separated out in 1778. The river is now known as
the North Fork of the Shenandoah River (as
opposed to the South Fork of the Shenandoah
which is made up of North, Middle and South Rivers).
From: "Debbie Cole" email@example.com
Subject: Re: Bentley Barton
Barb, You are quite welcome. I myself have had
many problems in the past keeping all the Bentley's
and Berry's, within this line in their proper places.
Could you possibly give me a hint on the sources
for Thomas BARTON, father of Bavester BARTON.
As I said I have been researching this line for about
20 years. Being a descendant of Bentley B. BARTON
and Martha Elizabeth PEARSON through their son
Berry BARTON and Padelia Ann WHITSITT, I am
in hopes of someday finding all of the descendant of
Bentley B. and Martha's line of 15 children. I also
wish to thank you for the wonderful information
contained within your newsletters. I found #5 to
be very helpful in my search for the family of Martha
Elizabeth PEARSON. In article titles Family Treasures
submitted by Vivian Frances Williams, of Pattonsburg
MO. I not only learn of Martha parentage, but also
discovered that I only live about 15 mile from this
person. I have contacted the submitter and I am
going to visit with them and look at all of their records
next week. Without your newsletters, I may have
never found this connection! Thank you once again.
Debra Barton Cole
Subj: Dr. Richard Starke Date:99-02-15
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Charles E. Stark)
On a FTW search page I found the following
with a link tohttp://www.syix.com/bevans/barbara/news6.htm
I found no mention of Dr Richarde Starke in the newsletter.
The reference is; "California's Couts Cousins ...and came
to Virginia, and possibly Richard Starke, a brother of
Archibald and James \n..." I have a fairly complete genealogy
of Dr. Richard Starke of the Independent City of Hopewell,
VA, but what was probably considered York Co in colonial
times, from about 1690 until his death in 1704. He is my 7th
g-grandfather . I will be happy to share what I have if you
are researching the line. My question is; Where did the info
that he was a brother of Archibald and James originates?
There have been many family researchers trying to track
Dr Richard across the pond and all have met with failure.
He seems to appear in VA ca 1680 and cannot be found
on ship lists. A cousin went to Scotland (family legend
reports he was from Glasgow)but could find no trace.
There have been many who tried to relate him to James
Stark of Stafford Co, VA and also to the New England
Stark line of Gene Stark, ( www.gendex.com) but no
proofs have been forthcoming.Do you have anything on this?
Any info will be appreciated.Thanks,Charlie..Mesquite, TX
Date: Sun, 4 Apr 1999
Subject:[TNSUMNER-L] Re: Simmons/Bradley/Meador
Barb,This is WONDERFUL stuff! I appreciate your
sharing your information with me, it enables me to
'round out' the branches on my collateral lines. It's
always interesting to have that answer to the question,
"what happened to these guys-they disappeared off
the face of the earth!". Thanks so much for your generosity.
[IT'S A FAMILY THING] If I may have anything
on the Meador family that you'd think would help,
I'll be happy to share. Sincerely, Sherry
Subject: Fwd: COUNCE
Just found your newsletter on the FTM site. I have
an ancestor, Christina Counce b. 1774 in Germany
d. 25 Nov. 1857 at Morgan Co. IND. She married
Elijah Lang who was b. 19 May 1777 in England &
d. 25 July 1838 at Morgan Co. IND. Their son
James Lang is my ancestor. He was b. 10 Apr.
1806 at Pulaski Co. KY & m. Elizabeth Deaton
b. 8 Oct. 1816 either KY or NC & d. 3 Mar
1874 at Wolfe Co. KY. The Deaton line goes
back to the 1600's in VA, NC, KY etc. To date
Christina Counce has been an unsolved mystery
as is her husband Elijah Lang. Helen Carlson
Subj: I think this is interesting....
From:email@example.com (pat evans)
Did a search on just John Couts and came
across this in 1850. Never heard you mention
23rd division of something before. Found 3
pages that matched your query (showing 3):
1850 TN Census Index Couts, John, Sr.
TN ROBERTSON CO. 10TH DISTRICT 87 1850
1850 TN Census Index
Couts, John F. TN ROBERTSON CO.
9TH DISTRICT 69 1850
17 1850 number before year is page
number. 1860 IN Census Index Couts,
John IN BLACKFORD CO.
WASHINGTON TWP 593 1860
Do you have this? Pat
Subject: Fwd: Couts genealogy
I see a Maram Brown Bridgman in your genealogy....
I in my line there is a Marian (Mariam?) Brown
Bridgman: born: about 1790 in Virginia...do you
have additional info? gary bridgman
Subject: Couts From: "Long, Deborah"
Barbara, My grandmother was Elizabeth
Couts b: abt. 1849. She lived in Pennsylvania,
but I don't know for sure where she was born,
I think she died in Pennsylvania, I know she is
buried there. She was married to my gggrandfather,
John Frank Cunningham, for a very brief time 1871-
1873. They only had one son together as far as I
know, b: in 1872. They were divorced 12/1983
and she married Dallas Ayers in 1974. Was her
father Michael Couts? Do you know more about
her parents and her siblings? I appreciate anything
you can share with me. Thanks, Debbie
A LETTER FROM RUBY COVINGTON -
The Cross Plains Heritage Commission
P.O. Box 7 Cross Plains, Tennessee 37049
February 18, 1999 Dear Barbara; Always
enjoy getting your newsletter. Read all of it to
see if I can help any with your research. Sending
you a part of a letter received from one of our
members in Virginia, maybe you can find the
picture she referred to. The other papers are
from Cave Johnson, I have noticed the name
Care in all generations. My husband is descendant
from Mary Johnson and was Thomas Johnson's
sister. She married a Frey and their daughter
married LeRoy Covington his gggrandfather.
You can E-mail me at the Njaybird1 anytime
that is my daughter, we have two computers
but both at her house, sometimes may get one
here and go on line. If you noticed the last cover
was a Simmons she married a Baggett. We
found out after printing the Journal. Keep Up
Your Good work! Ruby Covington
I am privileged to be the Curator of Education
of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum and
the Editors note saying Henry Adams Tate
buried at Pleasant Grove served in WWI as
a Quartermaster made me wonder if he had
been stationed in Virginia at what was then
called Camp Lee. It was Camp Lee in WWII
also but is now Fort Lee. I see many Fort
Campbell Airborne from time to time . Loving
history is just part of who I am so you will never
know how much it pleasured me to be sure an
image I'd seen years ago in a periodical the
Museum gets, which was on Mexican War
clothing, the soldier was in this case identified
a Cave Johnson Couts. I knew the name for
Robertson County History and names I'd red.
In fact at the time I xeroxed the picture meaning
someday to ask some one in Tennessee. There
wasn't anyone left for me to ask. Somewhere
among my Tennessee stuff, it's stuck. But I
found closure to my question of questioning,
"why" it gave the Huntington Library as a source
for the picture. There is a huge library in LA
area called the Huntington, and his family is there,
the article says…Sincerely Betty Bishop
Picturesque Clarksville, Past and Present
A History of the City of Hills 1887 W.P. Titus
Submitted by Ruby Covington
Page 289 Cave Johnson Family Clarksville, Tenn.
January 10th, 1863 - To my sons, Hickman, Dickson
and Polk: You will desire to know something of
your family relations, and I have concluded to gratify
you with all the information I possess as derived from
the various members of the family with whom I have
met. Henry Johnson, my grandfather, removed from
Pennsylvania to North Carolina during the Revolutionary
war, in which he served as a private, under what
command or in which of the campaign I know not.
He settled near the forks of the Tadkee, a few miles
from Salisbury, where he resided until the year 1796,
when he removed to Robertson county and settled at
a place now belonging to the family of Ben Porter,
deceased, tow and a half miles east of Springfield.
He afterwards purchased on Karr's Creek, about
three miles south of Springfield, where he died in
1815. His place was sold lately to Walter Bell.
His wife was Rachel Holman. Of her family I knew
nothing, except her brother Dave Holman, who lived
many years in Robertson county near the Cross plains,
where he died, leaving a large family of sons and daughters.
She died about the time of her husband, leaving
the following children: William, Thomas, Henry,
Issac, Joseph, Jessie V., Rebecca, Mary, and Rachel.
Rachel died before she became of age and unmarried.
All of them moved from North Carolina and settled in
Robertson county, with their families, except Thomas,
who had settled there in 1789.
William Johnson, first son, married Diana
Morgan; had a large number of children, of whom
I knew Thomas, Henry, and Elizabeth, afterwards
married to James Burton. Thomas removed with
Morgan and settled in Carroll county, Tennessee,
and afterwards to Arkansas, where his family still
resides. Henry removed with his father and family
to Green county, Alabama, where William and
wife both died. Henry and most of the family
afterwards removed to Mississippi, where they
now reside. I know now but little of any of them.
Thomas Johnson, second son, settled in
Robertson county s a surveyor in 1789, when to
Kentucky the next year, and was married to Mary
Noel at Craig's Station, near Versailles, Ky, and
brought her to Robertson county in 1790, then
Davidson county. He was actively engaged as
a captain of a company in suppressing Indian
hostilities, and rendered much service to the
frontier settlers, and went with the company to
Nick-a-Jack on the Tennessee River and was
in the battle. He and his company were compelled
to cross the river by swimming on logs and surprised
the Indians and killed a great many. After the treaty
of peace with the Indians made at Greenville in 194,
he engaged in surveying, was elected Colonel of his
county, and was a member of the convention which
famed the State Constitution in 1796. After the
organization of the State, he was elected the Clerk
of the County Court of Robertson county, and in
1800, he was elected Brigadier-General in preference
to Colonel John Shelby, of Montgomery, when it was
apprehended that we should be involved in a war with
France, if not a civil war with the Federal party, then
headed by John Adams and Alexander Hamilton.
He was the active, decided and efficient friend to
Jefferson, and warmly and zealously opposed to
the doctrines, as well as the leaders, of the Federal Party.
[1/4/02]Subject: William Johnson (son of Henry & Rachel Johnson)
From: Nancy Foster
I was doing some genealogy research on the web, and
happened to come across your website while doing a
search on Henry and Rachel (nee Holman) Johnson.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that you had posted
a letter written by Cave Johnson that is included in the
family records given to me by my father. This letter is
contained in your Newsletter 12, and is entitled "Picturesque Clarksville,
Past and Present - A History of the City of Hills" (1887 W.P. Titus).
William Johnson, 1st son of Henry Johnson, was my ggg
grandfather. Although the article as published on your
website lists "Diana Morgan" as his wife my copy has him
married to "Dianna Adams." That is also consistent with
our family records, which record the date of the marriage
as March 31, 1783 in Rowan County, North Carolina.
Dianna and William are buried at Beulah Church in
Newton Co., MS. Their are also a couple of differences
in the children of Rachel and Henry. I think that "Jessie V."
should actually be "Jacob V.", who became a doctor and
married the daughter of General Robert Jarmon. Also,
there is another daughter, Elizabeth (b. 11-30-1770), who
married Sampson Matthews. Otherwise, my copy of that
letter appears to be the same, except that it is much longer.
It references numerous other relatives, including your
ancestors, Nancy Johnson, who married William Couts.
The information I have on Rachel Holman and Henry Johnson
is as follows: "Accompanied by his brother Isaac, Henry Johnson
(1738-1815) came to America from Ireland (County Antrim) as a
small child. He served as a private from 1777-1780 during the
Revolutionary War. He resided in Pennsylvania, NC., and finally
settled in Robertson County, Tenn. Rachel Holman (1743-1815)
was from Massachusetts, the daughter of Isaac Holman, a soldier
during the Revolutionary War, and Mary Elizabeth Thompson.
She married Henry Johnson in Pennsylvania in 1763 and is buried
beside him in Tennessee. They had ten children." Thanks for
letting me visit your site. Any other information you have on
Henry Johnson and Rachel Holman or their ancestors would be
appreciated. Of course, feel free to contact me if you think I can
help you in any way. Nancy Johnson Foster Holland, Michigan
[Thanks for the corrections, I always like to be as accurate
as possible. Join us any time...Barb]
HELP NEEDED!! FROM A PERSON
LIVING NEAR OR VISITING KENTUCKY
Yours truly, needs a copy of these deeds:
1. 1798 Couts, Henry and Sarah (Wife) Grantor /
Coal, Ebenezer Grantee Deed Book A Page 116,
70 acres on Sugar Creek - FILM 25146 PART 3
-no one seems to be able to find this. It could be a
key to the proof needed to link Henry and Teter Couts
2. Source: Early Kentucky Landholders 1797-1811
Dated 7 May 1794 Book/Page 3.06 This land was
on Sugar Creek and Henry Couts Owned 50 Acres
on Sugar Creek .
I will happily pay for postage and printing costs.
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Certified Historic Sites In Tennessee -"the
Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
provides for certifying sites along the trail route
that have historical significance to the march
of the Patriot army to Kings Mountain".
· Choate's Ford - This site is not certified. The
ford is now covered by waters of the Boone Lake.
· Kings Mountain National Military Park
· "Kings Mountain National Military Park
commemorates a pivotal and significant victory
by American Patriots over American Loyalists
during the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary
War. The battle fought on October 7, 1780
destroyed the left wing of Cornwallis' army and
effectively ended Loyalist ascendance in the
Carolinas. The victory halted the British advance
into North Carolina, forced Lord Cornwallis to
retreat from Charlotte into South Carolina, and
gave General Nathanael Greene the opportunity
to reorganize the American Army." 'Kings Mountain
National Military Park was established on
March 3, 1931 by an act of congress "in order
to commemorate the Battle of Kings Mountain."'
"Kings Mountain National Military Park is the
terminus of the Overmountain Victory National
Historic Trail commemorating the route of the
Patriot army from the mountains to the battle."
JOHN (INDIANA) COUTS AND
MARY (POLLY) CALDWELL
This Indenture made and entered into this
twenty fourth day of November in the year
of our lord, one thousand eight hundred and
nineteen, between John Couts and Polly his
wife of the county of Warrick and the State
of Indiana of the one part, and Ratliff Boon
of the county and State aforesaid of the other
part, Witnesseth that for and in consideration
of the sum of one hundred and eighty dollars,
current money of the United States, to the
said John Couts and Polly his wife in hand
paid, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged,
and said John Couts and Polly his wife, have
given, granted, bargained, and Sold, and by
this presents, do give, grants, bargain and
Sell, Alien, release, convey, and confirm,
unto the said Ratliff Boon his heirs and assigns,
a certain tract on parcel of grand, situate, lying
and being in the county and State of aforesaid
and boundaries as follows, (To with) Beginning
at the south East corner of the south west
quarter or lots of section Number twenty nine
in township number five south of range Number
Eight West on the District of lands office, for
sale at said ---- running thence West along the
South boundaries of said lot or quarter section
eighty pole, thence North by a straight line is
the Northern boundary of said quarter to the
North corner thereof thence south with the line
dividing the south west and ___- East quarter
of the section range and township of or said
to the place of ___to have and to hold unto
the said Ratliff Boon his heirs and assign for
together with a and singular the appurtenance
thereto belonging, or in any appertaining and
the said John Couts and Polly his wife their
executors, or administrators, will forever warrant
and defend, the right and a title of the said tract
or parcel of ground, unto the said Ratliff Boon
his heir and assign, agent ___ and every person
or person whatsoever..
In testimony hereof the said John Couts and Polly
his wife and their heirs and their hands are affirmed
heir seals the day and ate herein writing.
Singed sealed, delivered his
Matthew Nealey John X Couts Seal
Joseph Deforret mark her
Polly X Couts
State of Indiana Warrick County
I John Abraham ____ in and for the County
aforesaid do hereby certify that the way the
above names John Couts and Polly his wife
_____ appeared before the ___ and ___
to indenture _______________sale to Ratliff
Boon as and for their voluntary ______-
See Picture Page:
MARY ELLEN "ELLA" COUTS
March 31, 1891 July 25, 1978
SAMUEL VINCENT ALLEN
December 2, 1897 February 1, 1974
Daughter of James Monroe Couts
and Mary Ellen "Lizzie" Connor
From Indiana - Photos courtesy of
L.B. "Bruce" Allen -
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